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Following up on this review. The car now has 165,000 miles. I am still in love with it. I now have a 1998 V70, purchased a 99 V70 for my grandmother, and 2 of my best friends now have S70's. Since 95k I have performed the following repairs.... I have replaced the upper strut mounts at 150k (they were squeaky) 3rd set if brake pads and rotor in its lifetime at 150k (and I drive VERY hilly areas daily) Driver side caliper replaced as it was sticking from road salt. Replaced the AC Drier ($15 part, 1 hour labor) as it was full of moisture and preventing the AC from being cold (typical an all AC systems) Replaced the CV boot and wheel bearing on the passenger side (nasty nasty pothole did it in) 164k Both control arms with ball joints 150k ($35 each, most cars will need ball joints especially on northern roads by 150k) Inner and outer tierods at 150k (they were original) Had to resolder joints on the ABS module (20 minutes) as the ABS light began to come on again. The ABS and Traction still functioned... the light was just on. Overall very happy with these Volvos. Keep the fluids changed (oil, tranny, brake, power steeting, AND coolant!), make sure you change the timing belt and timing belt components every 100k, use Synethetic oil on the Turbo engines and run the suggested fuel (91 octane). I often forget this car is 14 years old with 165,000 miles on it. Still one of the quickest and fastest in its class.Report it
In comparison our 2002 Mercedes E320 has had its transmission rebuilt at 135k @ $4,000. complete front end overhall (ball joints, tie rods, control arms, sway bar, bushings) at 135k, and has rust over the size of a quarter in 20 different spots. The windows have fallen in and have required back ordered special order window regulators. Special tools, fluids, and diagnostics systems make the Mercedes a complete nightmare to own unless you fork out the $$$$$$ for sub-par service at a dealer.Report it
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